(CNN) — Zinedine Zidanes second coming Real Madrid demonstrated the Frenchman is no miracle worker.
He also had been supposed to supply solutions to a season After he returned as coach to the club for a second spell.
From the time Zidane had been reappointed in March, two supervisors — Santiago Solari and Julen Lopetegui — were gone in the blink of an eye.
Fast forward to the end of Real Madrid and the year had lost 17 matches in all competitions and completed 19 points supporting La Liga winner Barcelona, which makes it the oddest Los Blancos facet.
Actual dropped four of the 11 matches of Zidane but his charm gained him the benefit of the doubt with all the club board.
However, because La Liga kicks off — Athletic Club beat Barcelona on Friday — doubts still linger over Zidanes man management abilities, his tactical nous and whether the success of his first bout was down to 11 players individual brilliance — notably Cristiano Ronaldos persistent goalscoring feats.
I believe that the principal success of Zidane from the preceding years has been Cristiano Ronaldo and he is not at Madrid anymore, Catalunya Radio journalist Ernest Macia told CNN Sport.
So today well see the authentic Zidane. The folks here in Madrid stated:The Real Madrid of Zinedine Zidane, it had been the Real Madrid of Cristiano Ronaldo. Today we will see how difficult its to handle, to master a dressing room like Real Madrid when results are not excellent.
Hes a great deal of credit since he won three Champions Leagues, however it will depend not just on the outcome but how Real Madrid plays. Unlike Barcelona, which is a club with a doctrine and DNA, Real is a club that invests money to win titles
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Pogba or Pogba
A — that has contained a and the ongoing feud with Gareth Bale of Zidane has added uncertainty at the club to an transitional period.
It has been widely reported that the Frenchman will now keep both Bale and James Rodriguez from the squad against his own wishes, as Real failed to land his No. 1 midfielder target Paul Pogba.
Real President Florentino Perez has been reported to be a lover of James and the Welshman — coming during his time at the club, and has allegedly clashed above their future roles with Zidane.
Zinedine Zidane desired Pogba at any cost, Macia said. When he was asked:Alright, if Pogba isnt feasible, another player? He explained:Pogba.
Of course it is a major disappointment if Pogba remains [in Manchester United], he will need to locate solutions somewhere else. He has been given three of four distinct options and he is unhappy with Bale, who is a player who makes a difference but he gets hurt very frequently.
A couple of new summer signings will also need the time and to that which he views as his trusted old 26, Zidane has continued to show preference.
Karim Benzema looks set to start the season up front ahead of new $60 million ($66.5M) striker Luka Jovic, while doubts remain as to the role summer marquee signing Eden Hazard may play.
Real announced that the Belgian star has suffered a hamstring injury and will miss Saturdays season opener against Celta Vigo to make matters worse.
Stalwart Marcelo will probably be preferred at return to thrilling young signing Ferland Mendy, since will Raphael Varane set up of $50 million ($55M) registering Eder Militao to associate captain Sergio Ramos in the heart of defense.
I really dont see them winning a lot more titles, Macia explained. In Europe theyve large competitions, in La Liga they have Barcelona which is well settled. It will come down to this undertaking is grown by Real Madrid.
With new players, notably the registering of Hazard, and also how they make the transition from the old ones — such as Modric in midfield — and the novices. Im not certain that Zidane is your man although I think that Real has the players to get it done.
I think itll be very difficult for him and his new time there will be more challenging than the previous four decades.
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Champions League obsession
With Atletico Madrid undergoing the largest squad overhaul — albeit an exciting one — in Diego Simeone reign, Barcelonas settled facet is the favorite.
The $120 million ($132M) signing of Antoine Griezmann from lead rival Atleti along with the coming of precocious talent Frenkie de Jong from Ajax has bolstered an already world class squad.
Barcelonas attention this year will undoubtedly be a contest it hasnt won since 2015 and has since crashed from in style the last two seasons, on the Champions League.
After surrendering 3-0 and 4-1 Duty contributes against Roma and Liverpool , respectively, there is an increasing concern among fans that the club is throwing away chances for the greatest player Lionel Messi.
After whats happened in the past two seasons, the Champions League is now the priority — Id say its an obsession, Macia stated. In Barcelona we understand we have possibly the best player of all time and that were squandering our time committing ridiculous mistakes.
In Barcelona we think that the Champions League is a must for this group. Since Barcelona has an incredible team although not only due to Messi.
Theyve invested a Great Deal of money in Griezmann and De Jong and possibly Barcelona has got the best group in Europe, together with Manchester City.
The pre-season of barcelona continues to be promising, losing just once and showing signs that the players are incorporating well into the programs this season.
But Barcas defeat in Bilbao Friday hinted the Blaugrana might have a struggle on their hands while Actual won 3-1 away despite playing most of the second half with 10 men after Luka Modric was routed away.